We chat to rock legend Bryan Adams, ahead of his concert at the ASB Arena in Mt Maunganui on Friday 5th January.
UNO./ WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN NEW ZEALAND?
B/ In 1994, at The Supertop at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland. I had printed out thousands of postcards requesting everyone write to the prime ministers of various foreign countries. I wanted them to vote ‘Yes’ to the Southern Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. I was nervous, as I’d left the cards on all the seats and wasn’t sure how it would be received. After the show I went out into the seats and couldn’t fund a single one. It was a huge success, so I carried on doing it for the rest of the year, trying to convince other prime ministers. We need to protect whales from indiscriminate fishing. It still happens today, and needs to stop.
UNO./ IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE HAD A BUSY YEAR. HAS IT BEEN A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE, WRITING MUSIC FOR PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL?
B/ Yes, it’s been very busy. I’ve been away from home lots because of the commitment to this musical. Writing like this is not too far from the lm work I’ve done for films like Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron in 2004, where the songs have to tell the story. I’ve been working on this for two years and it looks like it’s going to Broadway in the autumn of 2018.
UNO./ HOW DID IT GO WITH BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AT THE INVICTUS GAMES?
B/ It went really well. Bruce and I talked, ahead of the show, about doing Cuts Like A Knife, and I suggested we do Badlands, too, as it’s such an awesome song. You can see the video on YouTube. It’s hot.
UNO./ IN THE PAST YOU HAVE TAKEN SONG REQUESTS ON TWITTER. WHAT WAS THE FAVOURITE REQUEST THAT YOU PERFORMED?
B/ Ah yes. That was for the making of an acoustic album called Bare Bones, but one of the most memorable songs I got a request to sing was Roy Orbison’s Running Scared when we were in Europe a few years ago. That performance used to be on the internet, too, but I cAn’t find it.
UNO./ CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM? WHAT’S THE FEELING BEHIND IT?
B/ It’s an album called Get Up, and it’s an album of songs I made with Je Lynne producing. This is the album I wish I’d made back in 1989, as a follow up to Reckless. It feels like it could have come from the same sessions. I say that because all of the songs we play from it sound like they have always been in the show.
UNO./ MUCH OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IS PORTRAITS. WILL YOU BE BRINGING YOUR CAMERA TO NEW ZEALAND? DO YOU TAKE PHOTOS WHILE YOU TOUR?
B/ Yes, I always have a camera alongside me, but tour photos usually end up on my Instagram account. My portraiture and fashion work is primarily done in New York and London.
UNO./ HAVE YOU GOT SOME TIME ON THIS TOUR TO DO SOME SIGHTSEEING IN NEW ZEALAND? WE’LL TAKE YOU OUT!
B/ Thanks. I’d love that!